This 40′ gooseneck trailer tiny house is a guest question by one of our awesome readers David Haas
I’m new to the tiny house movement and am exploring tons of options for myself. I’m reaching out to you as you seem to have a ton of knowledge. I like the idea of living small but was looking for something in the range of 300-400 square feet while remaining on wheels.
I don’t plan to move it often but maybe every 3-5 years. I was curious if you’ve ever heard of someone building on a longer industrial trailer. I’m aware of the dimensions to DOT certification and was curious if you’d ever heard of anything being built on this type of trailer (40 ft gooseneck)? This trailer bed has a height of 32 inches…obviously impacting the overall height limitation but I thought it was interesting.
Building a 40′ Gooseneck Trailer Tiny House?
Great question, David! I decided to answer it publicly here so we can all benefit by talking about it in the comments and sharing any good links and resources, too. Really quick, I’ll share my thoughts below in case you’re interested.
My Thoughts: Pros / Cons of 40′ Gooseneck Trailer Tiny House
Overall I like the idea of building on a larger trailer because I would probably never really move it unless I had to so for me the extra space might be worth it especially if you want to share the house with someone else. In summary, below, I’m sharing the obvious pros/cons of a 40′ Gooseneck Trailer Tiny House.
Benefits of a 40′ Gooseneck Trailer Tiny House
- No upstairs sleeping loft (you can have a downstairs bedroom)
- You get around 300 sq. ft. of space
- Your cabin is on wheels so you can still move it if needed
- Easier to live tiny as a couple or even young family
- Can also be easier to live/work from if you work from home
- You can build your house with a lower height because you don’t need a loft
- Gooseneck trailers are more stable when you’re towing
‘The Cons’ of a 40′ Gooseneck Trailer Tiny House
- You don’t have as much height inside
- 40′ is pretty big so towing and getting around with it is more difficult
- You’ll definitely need a powerful truck to move it
- You can hardly fit into a 40′ campsite (you can opt for 30′ or 32′ trailer instead though)
Resources for Gooseneck Trailer Tiny Houses
- Clothesline Tiny Homes (Why a Gooseneck Trailer)
- Macy Miller’s 5th Wheel Tiny House Project (plans)
- Fat & Crunchy 32′ Gooseneck Trailer Tiny House (Layout, Trailer)
- Just for fun: ’74 VW Beetle Towing a Custom 5th Wheel Camper
Would you build on a 40′ gooseneck trailer? Why or why not? And are there any other pros/cons you can think of that I missed it? Do you have any resources to share below on where we can find more examples of long 5th wheel tiny house projects?
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